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How To Do Things with Dance

How To Do Things with Dance (Paperback)

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In postwar America, any assertion of difference from the mainstream anticommunist culture carried professional and personal risks. For this reason, modern dance artists left much of what they thought unsaid. Instead they expressed themselves in movement. How To Do Things with Dance positions modern dance as a vital critical discourse, and suggests that dances of the late 1940s and the 1950s can be seen as compelling agents of social change. Concentrating on choreographers whose artistic work conceived dance in terms of action, Rebekah J. Kowal shows how specific choreographic projects demonstrated increasing awareness of the stage as a penetrable space, one on which socially suspect or marginalized modes of being could be performed with relative impunity and exerted in the real world. Artists covered include Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, and Anna Halprin.

Film, TV & DramaTheatreMusic & DanceDance Publisher: University Press of New England Publication Date: 10/09/2012 ISBN-13: 9780819568984  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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REBEKAH J. KOWAL is an associate professor of dance at the University of Iowa. She has published articles in TDR (The Journal of Performance Studies) and The Returns of Alwin Nikolais: Bodies, Boundaries and the Dance Canon, edited by Randy Martin and Claudia Gitelman (Wesleyan, 2007). Kowal won the 2008 Gertrude Lippincott Award from Society of Dance History Scholars for her article on Pearl Primus, a version of which appears in How to Do Things with Dance.

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